Manchester tops unhappy commuter table
Manchester rail commuters are the the most miserable in the country.
The 11-city happiness rankings for rail commuters were compiled by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) according to train service affordability, overcrowding and punctuality.
Manchester's commuters were likely to be miserable due to higher fares relative to wages. Liverpool, Leicester, Sheffield, Bristol, London trailed Manchester in the miserable stakes.
The listings were published to coincide with the final week of the public consultation by the Government on rail fares.
Commuters face a January 2013 rise in season tickets of RPI inflation plus 3%, with the figure dependent on the RPI rate in July this year.
RPI inflation has fallen considerably in recent months, but commuters could still have to fork out around 6% more for their season tickets in the new year.
CBT campaigns director Richard Hebditch said today: "With rail fares already sky high across the country, and the Government set to raise fares by 3% above inflation next January, the chances of finding happiness on the daily commute are going to be slim."
Copyright Press Association 2012